Golf team hopes to fix mistakes at Texas Border Olympics
- Mar. 15, 2012
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The men’s golf team will travel to Laredo, Texas, to participate in the Border Olympics this weekend.
The Jayhawks start the busiest stretch of their season with the two-day event. After the Border Olympics, the Jayhawks travel to Goodyear, Ariz., for the Goodyear Shootout March 22 to 24.
At the Louisiana Classic on March 5 and 6, freshman Dylan McClure led the Jayhawks, tying for 17th.
“From his sixth hole through 54, Dylan played very solid golf,” coach Kit Grove said.
Junior Chris Gilbert struggled in Louisiana, carding a 69 alongside an 80.
“Golf’s a tough game, and everybody has their off days, but to have Chris shoot two poor scores in the same week is very strange,” Grove said. “Hopefully, he was just getting some of the rust off of getting back into tournament mode.”
The Jayhawks look to improve their consistency after the wind issues of last week’s tournament.
“Our conversion rate in the scoring zone of 50 to 100 yards was just awful last week,” Grove said. “Our putting average per player was probably a full putt to two putts higher than where it needs to be, so we focused on that this week.”
Grove is happy with the depth of this year’s team; five golfers are capable of a top 20 finish at any tournament.
“I think the big thing we need to do is put it all together,” Grove said. “I can’t think back to where we’ve had five guys that can shoot as low as these five guys can each shoot individually at any given time, and they just haven’t put it together yet.”
The Jayhawks head to Laredo with a solid knowledge of the Border Olympics event.
“The good thing is that Chris played very well at Laredo last year,” Grove said. “Three of the five guys have played there, and Dylan’s coming off his best week. If they can get the ball rolling in the right direction, we have enough talent on this team to be competitive with a lot of teams in the country.”
The Jayhawks play 36 holes today, with the final round Saturday.
Edited by Taylor Lewis